InPost has announced the next phase of its partnership with Transport for London (TfL), which will see the rollout of more than 60 new parcel lockers across the TfL network over the next three months. This follows a trial installation of the parcel lockers in six different locations. More than 25 new lockers have already been installed, with plans to double this by the end of the summer.
The new network of smart lockers will be fully deployed just as Covid-19 restrictions are expected to ease and the capital’s economy gradually reopens. Primarily situated within TfL’s car parks close to tube and rail stations, they provide the local community and those using public transport with a more convenient, cleaner and greener way to collect and return parcels as part of their regular daily travel around the capital.
Once the InPost locker network is fully operational across all of the locations, it will reduce last-mile deliveries and could to save 193 tonnes of carbon emissions annually, which is the equivalent of taking 48,000 car journeys off London’s roads each year.1
Jason Tavaria, CEO at InPost UK, said, “We are proud to partner with TfL to support InPost’s aim of leading a greener way to shop online with an ambition to drastically reduce last-mile deliveries in the capital. This is at a time when the capital is gearing up to gradually and safely reopen. InPost is helping stations across the capital act as hubs serving the local communities that surround them, by offering a genuinely convenient and easily accessible way to collect deliveries and return items as part and parcel of their usual journey.”
Nigel Pickup, head of commercial property at TfL, commented, “We are pleased to be working with InPost as they increase the number of parcel lockers available across the capital. When more people begin to return to the network safely and responsibly in line with guidance, these lockers will offer a convenient way for them to pick up deliveries as part of their everyday journeys and help reduce delivery vehicle trips across London. It is one of the many ways that we are working with innovative companies such as InPost to generate revenue to reinvest in the transport network.”
The new InPost lockers are set to be installed in more than 60 commuter station car parks by June 2021 and will be available for use from July 2021. Once operational, the lockers will enable contact-free parcel collection and returns, 24/7. All lockers will undergo frequent maintenance and cleaning, which includes disinfecting the touchscreen, the compartment doors and the sides of the lockers with an anti-viral spray to ensure safe usage at all times.
- Barton & Willmore modelling and assessment report 2019